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right now on cnn, the world's newest country is born. >> that's a celebration ending decades of brutal civil war killing more than 2 million people. what's next for south sudan? >> just days after a fatal bear attack here, another too close for comfort brush with a grizzly. >> a killer bear attack has one of america's most popular national parks on edge. we're going to take you there. and this woman says a tsa search of her hair is a case of racial profiling. i'll be talking about that allegation with her. i'm don lemon, the news starts right now. we begin tonight with a developing story, a nation is born. after decades of civil war, the
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new country of sudan is today a reality. you can hear it here, a rose with a new flag was hoisted for the first time, it was a bittersweet moment after decades of brutal conflict that pitted the wealthier north against the poorer christian south. south sudan is about the size of texas. south sudan is ranked as one of the poorest countries in the world. today's independence was cheered by ex-pats all over the world. >> happy birthday new sudan. >> this was the scene today in washington, sudan already has it's own embassy and next week the united nations will discuss membership for the world's youngest country.
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sudan was the largest country in africa, it is now effectively divided into two nations. south sudan is roughly the size of texas and it's made up of mostly christians, why it's neighbor is made up of mostly muslims. sudan was racked by civil war for two decades. the man who will now lead south sudan as its first president is a former rebel leader who fought against the north. the new country faces huge challenges. it ranks near the bottom of the united nations poverty index, including the world's highest material mortality and the highest rates of female ill litera litera literacy. decades of fighting was finally ended with a piecemeal cease fire. i want to bring in supermodel alex wecht, you probably recognize her, alec thank you so
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much for joining us, this must be a huge moment for you. >> thank you so much for having me, absolutely. i'm so moved. i just -- there no words to express how much this independence of the south of sudan means, not just for myself, but for the people. >> yeah, and the people of the country who are dealing with this and living there, there must be ecstasy in the country, people must be ecstatic about it. have you spoken to anyone there and what are they saying? >> oh, absolutely. i mean just the excitement in her voice, it was just long due for way too many men and women who for the war have died and people don't want anymore bloodshed and they never thought this day would ever come.
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so there's just so much energy in the air and it's so long due for, but i will say it's never too late and people definitely, they have spoken, and they turned in numbers and voted and yes, now finally it's southern sudan and it's independent. and at least they can start to rebuild to get on that journey. >> we talked about sudan who had been racked by decades of war between the muslim north and the crist south. a -- christian south. are you concerned about more war there? >> i think everybody is very concerned just about the reaction of independence. like i said, again, nobody wants anymore bloodshed, it's been way too much killing that's taken place in the past and every family has lost so many of their family members, just to get to this stage where they can have already what is their land.
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so i believe that this really signifies that there's going to be unity because there's no way that everyone would have turned out for more than 90% to vote. so definitely everyone is looking at the bigger picture and i think that every other humanitarian organization or people in general, this is the time to go in there and to help with the infrastructure and so forth. >> as i said, as i was leading into you that it ranks near the bottom of the united nations poverty index and said that it had the highest rates of infant mortality rate. that is a quick five years to go from that to this. explain the significance of this, are you shocked by how fast this has happened? >> well, if you think about how
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fast, yes, but it's not really that fast. i mean i ended up in england at the age of 14 because of when the civil war broke out, you know, in the '80s and it was not -- it was not the most pleasant time that young age. but it didn't stop, it only got worse and worse. and that's so many years so this has really been long due for and i think you could feel it in the spirit of the people and this is just the beginning and the kids really want to learn, people really want to get on their feet, they don't want handouts, they just want the tools, so there's such great hope and the people are so poised and the history, so i think this is really long due for. i don't think that it happened rather fast, but i -- meveryone is just happy that it happened and nothing interrupted it.
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my addiction was a combination of alcohol and the prescription drugs that i was receiving. >> which one came first? >> they both were a part of my life but they did not become a problem until they overrode any common sense. >> one of the nation's most beloved first ladies has died. betty ford, wife of former president gerald ford became the nation's advocate for substance abuse treatment. she died yesterday at the age of 94. >> reporter: betty ford had four children and all of them were at her side when she died yesterday afternoon. they released a statement fade saying that mother's love enriched the lives of millions she touched throughout this
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great nation. to be in her prison was to know the warmth of a truly great lady. it fills us with immeasurable appreciation of the life that she and dad shared together. they were married 58 years, and we understand that she will be buried in grand rapids, michigan at the presidential library where her husband is buried. >> all right, thelma thank you very much for that. celebrities, among those remembers the former first lady today, former fleetwood mac singer stevie nix says she would not be here if not for betty. >> i went to betty ford at the end of 1985 for cocaine addiction and i was one of the lucky ones. no those days she would come and speak at betty ford two or three times a month and if you were lucky, you were there when she came to speak and i was. so i got to hear her tell her whole story about the pressures
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of being the wife of a politician and talking about being famous and being famous. you're like oh, i can't go to rehab because i'm too famous, i'm like come on, she's the first lady of the united states so that made me determined to fix myself even stronger because when you see someone else who's done it, and it changes you. i don't think she even really realized the impact she had on so many lives. she started her place, got people there and sometimes i think that truly great people don't really even realize how truly great they are. >> political leaders also expressed their other sorrow over betty ford's death. from president obama, today we take comfort in the knowledge that betty and her husband, former president gerald nord are together once more. and this from the 41st president, george h.w. bush.
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barbara and i loved betty ford very much, she was a wonderful wife and mother, and a courageous you first late. no one confronted life's struggles with more fortitude or honesty and we all know the challenges she faced. one of the world's most popular tabloids is printing its last issue today. it was undone over revelations that reporters had possibly hacked into the voicemail boxes of thousands of people. we're going to speak with our international correspondent dan rivers in just a moment. as a matter of fact why don't we go to him now. at the tabloid offices in london is where he's standing now where former employees have been leaving all day, dan what do you know? >> reporter: it's been a very emotional evening for the 160 or so employees who just came down. just in the last 15 or 20 minutes, a whole load of them were behind me here, cheering and three cheers for the editor,
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collin mira who held up the first page that said thanks and goodbye. the entire newsroom has now camped out at a local pub where they're all getting a few beers because that's the end of the europe, 158 years of history and to many of them that's the end of their job as well and they're now wonderering what's next. >> you said 168 years, and millions of readers, that's a lot of readers, how did they get to this point? >> reporter: this is a scandal that has been rumbling on for several years here in the uk, allegations that this tabloid newspaper was engaged in illegal practices to try and secure scoops and those practices included hacking into people's cell phone messages, but almost worse than that also, bribing
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police officers for confidential information as well. now this all came to a real head last week when it was revealed that among the people that they hacked into their phones was a school girl and that tipped the balance for the newspaper. there was such a public outcry and revolation here in the uk. they realized that their paper had become so reviled by so many people in important positions here and they couldn't carry on. that was the point at which james murdock and his father rupert murdock made the decision to close for good. >> and this has been especially -- for david cameron. >> this has been likened by
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british's version of the watergate scandal because one of the former editors of the news of the world andy colson was hired by the british newspaper david cameron as a director of communications, despite warnings from many different courts it's now emerging that he shouldn't do that. there's evidence against andy colson, it was all going to blow up in their face. andy colson was arrested yesterday and questioned for some nine hours, he's been freed on bail, but there are rumors that there will be other arrests now from previous employees of the paper. but for those that came out here tonight, don, they were feeling that basically they were nothing to do with this, a lot of these people were hired years after the phone hacking had been going on. and they feel that they have been unfairly punished for the sins of people in the past and there were some tears, there were people coming out with, you know, real emotion, crying, some
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people quite angry, a lot of people, though, you know, really jubilant about what they felt was a picture rid of camaraderie on the paper and especially tonight as they put out that last edition. >> dan rivers in london tonight, dan, thank you very much. there have been many complaints about tsa workers and body searches. but when they wanted to search one woman's hair, she said that was too much. you're going to hear from her coming up next. it doesn't leave room for much else. there's no room left for deadlines or conference calls. not a single pocket to hold the stress of the day, or the to-do list of tomorrow. only 14 clubs pick up the right one and drive it right down the middle of pure michigan. your trip begins at
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there were many other females around me who were not black who were not having their hair searched who had curly -- i mean i distinctly remember looking at a woman with a pony tail, very curly big hair, thinking why isn't she being
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accosted as well. >> that was laura, she was going through security at the seattle tacoma international airport when she was pulled aside. agents insisted on checking her hair. which did not sit well with her. the tsa tells cnn they checked all passengers thoroughly including sometimes the hair. they also said they are willing to work with her directly to address her skplantd. -- complaint. tell us what happened. >> thursday, june 30th, i went through security at seatac airport and i was asked to go through the full body x ray machine and when i stepped outside, the tsa agent informed me she was going to need to search my hair. and i said no. we're not going to do that
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today. get your supervisor and she got her supervisor and that's when she said we need to investigate hair, poofy hair and i said this is totally out of control, because while all this is happening, there are tsa agents off to the side laughing. african-american tsa agents laughing and i'm looking around, no one else is having their hair searched and i thought that it was totally outrageous. and when i, you know, resisted and said you can wave a wand, you can do something else, but i'm not going to have you put your hands in my hair. she said i'm going to call the police if you do not allow us to inspect your hair. >> you think it wasn't fair, so why do you think you were singled out unfairly? >> i feel like i was singled out unfairly because i was the only woman of color being searched in that line at that time. i can understand why people, you know, are uncomfortable with me
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bringing up a racial profiling in this case, but on that specific date, there were women who were not african-american walking through these security lines not having their house searched and my happens to be curly, it may be considered poofy and i think, you know, in terms of sensitivity to the specific traits that are frequently associated with african-americans, you know, i feel like i was singled out. for that reason. >> so, okay, you understand that there is an issue with safety, right? and that people get -- we talk about old people getting searched, there was a woman in a wheelchair who got searched, someone's leg got searched and it wasn't a real leg and it got searched. do you understand their concern just a little bit? >> i do, yeah, i absolutely do understand their concern. but i went through a full body x-ray, you saw everything. what else do you need to touch or feel? and i didn't refuse to go
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through the ex-ray. i just didn't feel i should subject myself to a patdown if you will. i went through that x ray machine hoping i was going to make it out without being touched and there you go, i had my hair messed around with. >> itches the wasn't there so i understand there were people laughing. here's what the tsa said, it said that it screens all passengers thoroughly which might sometimes mean their hair. additional screening may be required for clothing, ahead wear or hair where prohibiting items could be hidden. tsa has record of this passenger coming through is security checkpoint, we are happy to work with the passenger directly and address her complaints. so have you reached out to them, will you work directly with them? what do you want? what kind of resource?
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>> i just want -- i wanted to be heard, i was so angry and embarrassed that day about the way i was treated in that line and i feel like i know, you know, people can relate to this and this is really all i wanted was to be heard, i just want them to know what it is like to be embarrassed like that and if your staff isn't going to be professional, if they're going to be laughing, if they're going to be using phrases like "poof" if they're going to be sending over an african-american tsa agent when it's all over to say, ma'am, i see you're upset, but this is policy and not working with me at all in that line and threatening me with the police, it just seemed so uncomfortable and i just wanted them to know that. that's really all my intentions were from the very beginning. >> are you going to work with them. >> absolutely, yes. i will. >> thank you very much.
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a grizzly bear kills a guest inside yellowstone national park, it's rare for that to happen. but wait until you see what happened when our cameraman went over there to cover the story. and a lot of you will be making your way to the ballparks for america's pastime. we want to remind you to be careful out there. here's why. a rangers fan, reaching for a ball, tossed into the stands by a player, sadly lost his balance and fell 20 feet to his death. his 6-year-old son watched the whole thing. the player, josh hamilton is distraught. tonight at 7:00 p.m. eastern, we're going to go in depth on this story and we're going to talk to a dallas tv sports anchor who knows that sports stadium very well and find out exactly what's going on there. and in the meantime, last night at ranger stadium, there was a moment of silence for shannon stone, he was the 37-year-old firefighter who died. tonight there will be another
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one. >> we ask that each of you join the oakland athletics, the texas rangers and all of major league baseball as we observe a silent moment of reflection and respect for brownwood texas firefighter shannon stone.
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just after a fatal mauling another visitor at yellowstone national park faces off with a grizzly bear. one hiker and his wife came across a grizzly bear and her cubs. officials say the mother defending her brood killed brian
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matayoshi. now a second encounter with a different bear. >> just days after a fatal bear attack here, another too close for comfort brush with a grizzly. as the bear approaches her, hiker aaron profit runds out of ground to retreat to. aaron gets ready to make a swim for it. but then kayakers paddling nearby trdrag her across the la to safety before the bear also goes for a dip. >> when the guys in the kayak offered to pull me across that seemed like a better plan because the bear seemed like it wanted to be down there by the edge, so -- >> reporter: i have to ask you, how afraid were you? >> i was pretty scared. >> apparently she had an apple in the back and we thought it was a good idea to go and get
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her at that point. >> reporter: the park's bear expert matakes me back to her backpack and to look for the bear. we retrieved her back bapack th she dropped when the bear started coming toward her. we're going to give it back and we didn't see the bear rangers say bear attacks are very rare, about one per year. if we were approached by a bear, what would you do? >> if we encountered a bear, i would first try backing away, if it followed us, then i would stand my ground, if it continued, i would pull out the bear spray and fire. >> reporter: sometimes it's not just the animals to blame.
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bears sometimes wander into public areas. somehow even in thousands of miles of open wilderness, it can get a little crowded. >> yellowstone park initials say the last time a bear killed a person was 1986. they say they do not plan on putting down the bear involved in the fatal attack this week. casey anthony, days away from freedom. really hours. wait until you hear what she did from inside her jail cell. five flavors of chex are gluten-free, including the honey nut flavor. and it's nice for me to be able to say "yes" to something that they want to eat. [ male announcer ] chex cereal. five flavors. gluten free. to something that they want to eat. we inspect your air filter, cabin filter. there's bugs, leaves, lint, crud. you'll be breathing that.
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in the headlines tonight, independence day for the world's youngest nation. south sudan, roughly the size of texas is now an independent country. it was carved out of the southern part of sudan after a 2005 peace deal ended decades of bitter civil war. the united nations will consider membership for south sudan next week. victory over al qaeda is within reach. leon panetta touched down in cab kabul, afghanistan today.
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panetta is in afghanistan talks with president hamid karzai before the u.s. turns over security to afghan security forces. a man described as a world messenger for peace, facundo cabral was gunned down in guatemala. guatemala's president's offices vows that cabral's killer will be brought to justice. the last issue of the news of the world hits newsstands this afternoon. reporters may have hacked the voicemail boxes of thousands of people while chasing stories. casey anthony will be free a week from tomorrow. but there are further signs her relationship with her mother may be fractured.
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a florida correctional official says casey refused to let her mother visit her in the orange county jail last night. anthony who was acquitted of murdering her little girl was sentenced to four years for lying to police, but she was given credit for time served. last flight for the space shuttle "atlantis" busy checking for any signs of damage before it -- a beautiful launch yesterday. intense heat is hitting several areas of the country right now and our meteorologist jacqui jeras is here with all the details for us. >> let me tell you, a lot of the south central part of the country dealing with unbearable conditions here. here's a picture out of little rock, arkansas, the temperature is 95 degrees, but the temperature your body feels, 107. heat advisories in effect as well as an air quality alert,
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this advisory will stretch into early next week, this heat is really going to build the next couple of days. so use a lot of caution if you k let's show you the areas we're talking about. you can see from southern parts of nebraska all the way down into parts of louisiana and mississippi, feeling like 100, to 110 degrees and that, like i said is going to build over the next few days. look at the temperature your body is going to feel tomorrow. 110 in little rock, 106 in memphis, 104 degrees in jackson, mississippi we have also got some stormy weather to talk about. it could bring a chance of severe thunderstorms and we have been seeing a little bit of that in parts of colorado. we also have some popup thunderstorms into the deep south, nothing severe here, but a lot of lightning and a lot of heavy downpours. so don't get caught offguard, if you're at the pool, if you're at the beach, make sure you give yourself a good 30 minutes until you hear that last bit of thunder. atlanta had a ground stop earlier because of thunderstorms
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rumbling on through, but that's starting to clear up a little bit. and the rest of your weekend's thunderstorms all over the place. that threat really focusing in the upper midwest. so heat, a whole lot of it for a whole lot of people. >> one of them just rumbled through here. she was blow drying her pants, i thought, what did you step in a p puddle, she said no, it's storming outside. did you know there are scholarships for tall people, native americans, even people who may be psychic, but there are very few for white people, and more specifically, white men. now one group is trying to change that and one of their leaders is black. he joins me live right after the break. but first, on the day after christmas in 2004, a tsunami hit nine asian countries killing more than 225,000 people. millions of lives were forever changed, but this week's cnn hero turned her personal loss
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into new hope and healing for children and families in need. >> my father called me and told me that something bad had happened in thailand. my daughters had gone to thailand for vacation with my ex-husband. as i was hard to get good information in sweden, we decided to go to thailand ourselves and look for them. when i realized i wouldn't bring them back home alive, i wanted to die. but the thai people that had suffered so much more, i felt a connection to them and i wanted to give something back. my name is susanne jenson, i moved to thailand because i wanted to help poor thai children to make the most out of their lives. it's not an orphanage, it's a home for children and families. we wanted to provide a chance
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island island like to present to you with this certificate of award. >> some say this is a civil rights -- the man in the glasses is receiving a whites only scholarship. the president of the former majority association of equality and nonprofit group, out with texas that gives scholarships solely to white men. and the advocates say they need it. one man said the hard work i put into my academics is going unnoticed because of the opportunities i am not presented with. i will use it to help pay for a great college education to prove
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that white dudes is jump right to the top of their class, marc marcus carter joins me. you had to know that this was going to cause controversy, a black man giving a whites only scholarship to a white dude, as they say. the fact that you're african-american and you're the leader of this group that gets whites only scholarships, what do you say? >> the overall reaction has been positive, for family, you know, supporters of the organization, i want to put out there that i'm not the leader, kobe james johann says is the leader, but the overall feedback is positive, 80% being positive and 20% negative. >> i'm sure you have heard the uncle tom name and all that. >> absolutely. >> and that's probably being kind. >> it's kind of all the same when you're getting insulted.
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i only put one insult in the bag. it's all the same to me. it really gets, i mean, when knowing our people or my people, or african-americans in general, who know what it's like to be singled out and persecuted for 400 years or how ever many years it is, we know how detrimental it is, and knowing this is going to a different subset, you would think that we would get the idea how nonprogressive this can be and how aggressive this can be. >> i just want to finish up with marcus here, you know people are going to say, hey, listen, there are because of the history of this country, there are minorities, especiallily african-americans who need a break more than white guys, why aren't you helping them? >> actually there are plenty of scholarships for african-americans, mexican, asian americans, it's really not just helping a certain group,
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but it's helping all of us at the same time because we all need help. >> you all are friends but you had to know that he would go through some of this flak, did you specifically ask marcus to join so though the troupe that you're not racist, did you ask him to join simply because he is black? >> my answer to that, don, is no, i did not ask marcus to help me on this project for any other reason than i wanted this project to succeed. you can't make a nonprofit charity with just three board members. when we started to conduct our board member search, i was looking for people that i knew who were trust worthy, loyal and hard workers. i have been in iraq on two tours and i have been in combat right beside marcus carter. tell me where you're going to find out more about trust worthy and loyalty.
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>> i only have about 15 seconds, explain the name, it's called the former majority association. is that sort of antagonistic, don't you think. >> people love to say let's help -- has nothing to do with any kind of harkining back to some past era where whites enjoyed more power. >> have you gotten lots of applications? >> i'm on your show right now, don, i'm getting attention right now. so, yes, we had about 180 applicants, let me share this story real quick. >> i don't have time, i don't have time. you have gotten more applicants since this has happened. a lot of people aren't going to like this. they agree that marcus should be helping or what have you. this is america, and as long as you're not speak hate or violence, you can pretty much choose to give money to who you want as long as you're not a government organization or it's not taxpayer money. >> think about this, don. here's the real bottom line, we
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actually picked the finalist and we picked him as a winner. and whenever he found out he won our whites only male scholarship, they actually kind of got nervous and said they don't want anything to do with it anymore. this kid filled out the entire application. and there's a caucasian man out there who's, i don't know. >> it's been a week, but the talks continues to resound about the acquittal of casey anthony. anthony gets out of jail next week. that and other legal headlines right after this break. ctquote , 37, a $500,000 policy for under $18 a month. even though dave, 43, takes meds to control his blood pressure, selectquote got him a $500,000 policy for under $28 a month. ellen, 47, got a $250,000 policy for under $20 a month.
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>> not guilty. no! >> all right. there's shock and disbelief outside of the courtroom and around the country after the jury in the casey anthony trial returned to their -- returned their not guilty verdict. i'll bring in holly hughes a criminal defense attorney and former prosecutor. everyone is comparing this to o.j. simpson. maybe in interest. o.j. simpson lasted for like a year. you had the jurors going on the bus and visiting, tv shows created around it. it was the same in surprise but not in, i think, spectacle. why were people so surprised? do you think they proved their case beyond a reasonable doubt? >> i do. i stick by what i said. i think they proved it beyond a reasonable doubt. it was a first degree murder case. the outside public had so much
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more information than the jurors did. >> they had more emotion than the jury had and i think a lot of people watched it so much they became emotionally attached. maybe the jury wasn't that emotional. seeing little caylee singing that much. >> the jury didn't under two major concepts. they misunderstood reasonable doubt and circumstantial evidence and how great it is and the fact that 90% of the cases we bring in american courtrooms are circumstantial evidence. >> i'm glad you said that. i'm is going to go up to o.j. simpson, the prosecutor in o.j. simpson case wrote about the verdict, marcia clark. in every case a defense attorney will do his or her best to give a jury a reason to doubt. some other dude did it. those reasons don't equate with a reasonable doubt. a reason doesn't doesn't equal reasonable. holly, do you agree with that? >> 100%. absolutely. >> all right. that's it. it's done. let's go overseas and talk about "news of the world" in london.
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hugely popular so that they were tapping people's phones. rupert murdoch shut it don't. does he have a lot of exposure here? >> huge. >> monetary? >> monetary. some of his editors are looking at criminal charges. a corporation can be charged with murder and manslaughter. it's happened in the united states and united kingdom. when you think about what really happen it's so shocking to the conscience, so offensive. they are alleged to have hacked into a missing girl, 13-year-old girl's cell phone voice box while she was still missing. they were deleting messages to make room for more voice males to come in. the police officers and that little girl still missing thought she was still alive. that killer went on to kill two other women before he was caught. we are talking huge exposure. they knew about this. this is not the only case they are alleged to have done it in.
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this one enrages the people most. >> when we talk about exposure, what about here in the united states? does it make a dumps? he owns the fox news organization here and then he owns "news of the world" there. his entire company. >> yes. absolutely. this is a conglomerate. what they will do is go for the top of the food chain here. who had responsibility and who had knowledge? there's still an editor working there that was involved in some of these scandals. yeah. it's widespread. it's pervasive. we'll see criminal and civil charges. >> this will be a big deal and play out. >> huge. >> another saga playing out. holdy hughes great to see you. we got talk about something else besides casey anthony. thanks so much. hope to see more of you. we're back after a quick break. here's what's coming up at 7:00 eastern. what happened to my hair? find out. coming up.
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fiber one. uh, forgot jack's cereal. [ jack ] what's for breakfast? um... try the number one! [ jack ] yeah, this is pretty good. [ male announcer ] half a day's worth of fiber. fiber one. traumatic brain injury is called the significant injury of the warriors of iraq and afghanistan. soldiers have been hurt this way often from explosions. in today's human factor dr. sanjay gupta introduces us to a scientist working on a new approach to the injury. >> he always wanted to be a bioengineering professor at harvard. he thought he would develop the
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next great heart medicine. but in 2002 when he was offered his dream job there was a catch. he was in the army reserves and he signed up with a unit that he knew was headed to battle. so major parker said -- >> hold the job. i got to fight. i took off a year. >> he spent much of 2002 and 2003 near kandahar hunting for taliban. he came back to harvard. in 2009 with the national guard unit he went back to afghanistan. >> and so i spent a lot of time with units looking for ieds. we got hit several times. vehicles in front of me got blown up. i was never hit. i was very lucky. when you run up there and pull open the for and see your injured buddies you never forget that sight. >> this time, back home, he began to explore the science of brain injury.
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>> what happens when the brain gets hit by a blast wave and slams up inside the skull. >> with colleagues at northeast university parker built new tools to study how a blast affects the brain. it could be years before it lead to new treatment but he hopes it will have a broad impact. >> concussions that your favorite football player suffers or the head injury you get when you're in a car accident and your head snaps forward or shaking baby syndrome, these are examples of nonpenetrating head injuries that can cause a traumatic brain injury. >> today his lab is humming with young graduate students. more than half a dozen are veterans. >> we're very focused on this because these are our buddies, these are our guys. it might still be us. so, it brings a certain level of urgency to what we're trying to do. >> dr. sanjay gupta, cnn reporting. >> thank you. thank for watching. see you back here one hour from


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